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Belvidere Citizen Corps Urges Preparedness

The Belvidere Citizen Corps, part of President Bush's citizen preparedness initiative, urges citizens to make themselves and their families better prepared for the unforeseen.

The one thing that is common to all emergencies - large and small - is their unpredictability. That's why individual preparation is the key to protecting yourself from anything - a flash flood to a power outage to a tornado.

There are many steps individuals and families can take to prepare themselves and their homes for the affects of an unforeseen situation, and most of them can be done in a matter of minutes. For instance:

◦Check and change the batteries in your smoke alarms and replace all alarms that are more than 10 years old.
◦Make sure you know where your local fire department, police station, and hospital are and keep a list of emergency phone numbers posted near all the telephones in your home. In Belvidere and Boone County, dial 911 for any emergency.
◦Organize and practice a family fire drill.
◦Fill out a Home Security Inspection Checklist and a personal Property Checklist (both available at or a copy may be obtained at City Hall, 401 Whitney Blvd.) to make sure you've got all your bases covered.
◦Locate the utility mains for your home and be sure you know how to turn them off manually: gas, electricity, and water.
◦Call FEMA at 1-800-480-2520 or visit the Citizen Corps website at to get a copy of "Are You Ready", "Your Family Disaster Plan", "Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit" and other preparedness publications to make America a nation prepared. The "Citizen's Preparedness Guide" and some of the above listed literature are available at City Hall.
◦Create an emergency plan for your household, including your pets. Decide where your family will meet if a disaster does happen: 1)  right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire and 2)  outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Ask an out of town friend to be your "family contact" to relay messages.
◦Prepare a 3-day disaster supply kit, complete with flashlights, batteries, blankets, and an emergency supply of water, food, and pet food and supplies.
◦Plan to hold a Neighborhood Watch meeting. Contact the Belvidere Police Department (815-544-2135) or Boone County Sheriff's office (815-544-9322) to get information on current Neighborhood Watch activities in your area or to start a Neighborhood Watch in your area.
◦Plan to sign up for a first aid training course. Call your local American Red Cross chapter (815-963-8471) or National Safety Council to ask about courses in your area ( or
◦Visit with your neighbors and discuss how you would handle a disaster in your area. Talk to neighbors with special needs and help them become safer too!

Most of these ideas can be accomplished in a few minutes, but the dividends they could pay during an emergency situation are enormous. The Belvidere Citizen Corps urges you to tackle a few of the projects listed above to make yourself and your family safer and better prepared for whatever the next year throws at you. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Belvidere Citizen Corps, call Mayor Michael Chamberlain at 544-2612.

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